A dealer at a Royale table

A dealer oversees a blackjack table at the Hotel Royale.

Senior staff poker game

Captain Picard deals to the senior staff of the Enterprise-D

A dealer was the person responsible for dealing playing cards during a game, and may be an employee of a casino.

A casino in the early-21st century novel Hotel Royale employed numerous croupiers. In 2365, the USS Enterprise-D encountered a planet, whose inhabitants had based themselves on the book. One of the dealers there oversaw a game of blackjack with Lieutenant Commander Data and a man named "Texas". (TNG: "The Royale")

Members of the senior staff of the Enterprise-D, as well as several junior officers and civilian waiters from Ten Forward, regularly played poker, a card game that requires a dealer. When Captain Picard joined the game in 2370, he was the dealer. (TNG: "Lower Decks", "All Good Things...")

In 2375, several holographic mobsters assumed control of Vic's lounge, Doctor Julian Bashir's holoprogram of a 20th century Las Vegas club. They immediately turned it into a casino, employing several dealers. When the senior staff of Deep Space 9 attempted to reclaim the casino for Vic, one of the dealers there was told by Frankie Eyes to give Kira Nerys several different cards after she busted in blackjack. (DS9: "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang")

The proper term for a dealer is a croupier, however the scripts for "The Royale" and "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang" make a distinction between a croupier and a dealer, with the latter being the only term used in dialogue.

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